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Why Xi Jinping must tackle the myth of princeling legitimacy to rule China
Why Trump’s blunt approach will put US relations with China on surer footing
Crossed wires between China and the US raise risk of war
Poker faces at China's NPC sessions fail to hide leaders' eroding legitimacy
China's anti-West campaign a betrayal of its tradition of intellectual debate
The logic behind China's anti-corruption drive
In China, the law and morality must work in tandem to contain party elite

Montesquieu's The Spirit of the Laws has for more than 200 years led many in the West into believing that the tension in the Chinese political system is created by the lack of "democratic legitimacy" and the suppression of individual freedoms.

4 Nov 2014 - 4:47AM

Montesquieu's The Spirit of the Laws has for more than 200 years led many in the West into believing that the tension in the Chinese political system is created by the lack of "democratic legitimacy" and the suppression of individual freedoms.

In China, the law and morality must work in tandem to contain party elite
Sino-US relations: a game of defensive play

The Chinese saying, "playing music to an ox", describes the phenomenon of two people talking past each other. It's apt imagery for the recently held Sino-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

24 Jul 2014 - 3:56AM

The Chinese saying, "playing music to an ox", describes the phenomenon of two people talking past each other. It's apt imagery for the recently held Sino-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

Sino-US relations: a game of defensive play
China's national security blue paper a worrying throwback to the cold war

China has just published its first national security blue book. Although official media labelled it "the most authoritative" report on national security since the establishment of the super-secretive National Security Committee, it presents such a panicky psychology that one has to wonder who wrote it.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

China has just published its first national security blue book. Although official media labelled it "the most authoritative" report on national security since the establishment of the super-secretive National Security Committee, it presents such a panicky psychology that one has to wonder who wrote it.

China's national security blue paper a worrying throwback to the cold war
China sees in Europe a political and cultural partner

Not so long ago, China's policy elite were still debating whether the nation's relationship with the US would remain "the most important among all important bilateral ties".

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Not so long ago, China's policy elite were still debating whether the nation's relationship with the US would remain "the most important among all important bilateral ties".

China sees in Europe a political and cultural partner
New Eurasian entente forms over Ukraine, isolating US

It seems ironic that China, the former lead opponent of the Soviet Brezhnev Doctrine, should have supported the Russian position in Ukraine. The former Soviet Union utilised the doctrine to launch military action in other socialist "brother" countries, such as Czechoslovakia in 1968, and the West did nothing. 

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

It seems ironic that China, the former lead opponent of the Soviet Brezhnev Doctrine, should have supported the Russian position in Ukraine. The former Soviet Union utilised the doctrine to launch military action in other socialist "brother" countries, such as Czechoslovakia in 1968, and the West did nothing. 

New Eurasian entente forms over Ukraine, isolating US
China and Japan must learn the right lessons from history

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's sensational statement at Davos claiming that the current relationship between Japan and China was akin to Anglo-German alienation in 1914, on the eve of the first world war, provoked an angry response from China. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said such a statement was "incomprehensible" and a "confusion of time and space".

23 Feb 2017 - 4:55PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's sensational statement at Davos claiming that the current relationship between Japan and China was akin to Anglo-German alienation in 1914, on the eve of the first world war, provoked an angry response from China. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said such a statement was "incomprehensible" and a "confusion of time and space".

China and Japan must learn the right lessons from history
Cultural compromise can help EU forge a new relationship with China
China is waking up to the benefits of good diplomacy in Asia

Xi Jinping presided over a key conference recently on China's relations with neighbouring countries, or its "periphery policy" (zhoubian zhengce). The level of attendance, including all Politburo members working in Beijing, was the highest in recent memory.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Xi Jinping presided over a key conference recently on China's relations with neighbouring countries, or its "periphery policy" (zhoubian zhengce). The level of attendance, including all Politburo members working in Beijing, was the highest in recent memory.

China is waking up to the benefits of good diplomacy in Asia
Thanks to Snowden, a chance to reset Sino-US relations

Edward Snowden seems to have opened a Pandora's box.

4 Jul 2013 - 3:44AM

Edward Snowden seems to have opened a Pandora's box.

Thanks to Snowden, a chance to reset Sino-US relations
China's dream of transformation
China's political reform must combine modern ideals and tradition
A strategic reset for Sino-US relations
Sino-Japanese relationship too brittle for comfort

Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, made a speech to a Japanese audience earlier this year, in which he claimed that if the Chinese government should decide to use non-peaceful means to take the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, it may lose the world. The statement apparently irked the Chinese a great deal, albeit belatedly. The nationalistic paper Global Times made a big fuss of it some two weeks ago. But Lee's argument is not entirely wrong.

5 Sep 2013 - 2:57AM

Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, made a speech to a Japanese audience earlier this year, in which he claimed that if the Chinese government should decide to use non-peaceful means to take the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, it may lose the world. The statement apparently irked the Chinese a great deal, albeit belatedly. The nationalistic paper Global Times made a big fuss of it some two weeks ago. But Lee's argument is not entirely wrong.

Sino-Japanese relationship too brittle for comfort
Chinese leaders in search of a middle path
Danger in mainland media's rabid nationalism
Chinese ideologues' wrong tilt on universal values

Of late in the Chinese media, party ideologues and officials have launched seemingly brave campaigns to reject the existence of any "universal values". It stems from President Xi Jinping's speech at a national conference for propaganda chiefs in August, in which he stressed the need to step up ideological work to maintain Chinese characteristics in development and domestic governance. Xi never mentioned "universal values", but many commentators seem to be interpreting his speech to benefit their own interests.

7 Oct 2013 - 4:48PM

Of late in the Chinese media, party ideologues and officials have launched seemingly brave campaigns to reject the existence of any "universal values". It stems from President Xi Jinping's speech at a national conference for propaganda chiefs in August, in which he stressed the need to step up ideological work to maintain Chinese characteristics in development and domestic governance. Xi never mentioned "universal values", but many commentators seem to be interpreting his speech to benefit their own interests.

Chinese ideologues' wrong tilt on universal values
China must leave its foreign policy to the experts
No time for dreaming, Xi needs to crack on with cleaning up the party

The Chinese leadership may have good reason to regret taking bad advice from its ideological team. The idea of declaring a new political slogan, the "China Dream", at the outset of the new regime has backfired so badly that one wonders if the catchphrase can outlast Hu Jintao's "harmonious society", which survived for more than two years.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:06AM

The Chinese leadership may have good reason to regret taking bad advice from its ideological team. The idea of declaring a new political slogan, the "China Dream", at the outset of the new regime has backfired so badly that one wonders if the catchphrase can outlast Hu Jintao's "harmonious society", which survived for more than two years.

No time for dreaming, Xi needs to crack on with cleaning up the party